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Old 01-09-2010, 07:01 PM   #21
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I love saying "I'm retired"! The next comment is usually "but you're too young". My response is "you can never be too young, rich, or thin. I'm still working on the thin."
That's great Harley!
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Old 01-09-2010, 07:30 PM   #22
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I tend to agree with this. It's small talk, something that can be used as a "get to know you a little" discussion without getting into intimate and contentious subjects.
Absolutely. So, my response is "I am a retired oceanographer." That gives them something to ask about in order to get the conversation off the ground.
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RVer's always ask each other where they have traveled lately. I like that ice-breaker much better!

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RVer's always ask each other where they have traveled lately. I like that ice-breaker much better!

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But I think it works well for RVers because they probably have traveled lately. I don't know if it would work so well in the general population. I don't have the wanderlust some folks do, and even after retirement I expect that my answer to a travel question will often be "I've mostly stayed pretty close to home".
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But I think it works well for RVers because they probably have traveled lately. I don't know if it would work so well in the general population. I don't have the wanderlust some folks do, and even after retirement I expect that my answer to a travel question will often be "I've mostly stayed pretty close to home".
Sure, that's true. But it's one of the things I love about being in various RV communities. First of all, usually at least half the folks are retired anyway, so no one talks about work (which I always hated). And folks talk about travel more than most topics.

But sure, if that's not your scene then the small-talk wouldn't work for you!

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Sure, that's true. But it's one of the things I love about being in various RV communities. First of all, usually at least half the folks are retired anyway, so no one talks about work (which I always hated). And folks talk about travel more than most topics.

But sure, if that's not your scene then the small-talk wouldn't work for you!

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After I sent that other comment I thought of this: the question would work as a general ice breaker if you ask where they will be taking their next trip rather than where they went on the previous one. Even if the planned travel is some years in the future, people might have an idea where they would like to go.
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You could always ask:

"So, do you like to travel?"

Then you either get - not really, and a great discussion of why travel stinks or is a rip-off or whatever, OR - yeah, and a great discussion of why travel is so much fun, or their latest trip, or that future planned one they're dreaming about.

Well, maybe it wouldn't be a "great" discussion, but that sure seems like a way to get something rolling.

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